Anemone Is Not The Enemy
🌟 THE 2021 CBCA HONOUR WINNER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
Anemone lives alone in the
rock pool. The tide comes in and
the tide goes out.
All Anemone wants is a friend,
but friends are hard to make
when you accidentally sting
everyone who comes near you.
Perhaps Clownfish has a solution
to the problem . . .
‘…a feast for little readers’ senses.’
—CBCA Reading Time
Published By Scribble (Scribe)
CMYK and Neon Pink
Hardback RRP $24.99 AUD
Australia & NZ – out now
USA & Canada – out now
UK & Ireland – out now
South America – coming soon
Spain – coming soon
The idea for Anemone is Not the Enemy began with the title. I felt like there was a story there. Still, it wasn't until one day, on a flight up to Brisbane, I looked out the window down at the coastline and had the idea of the tide rising and falling in a rock pool as a unique plot driver which unlocked the whole story for me.
This book is like a play/theatre set, told almost purely in dialogue with only the characters and tide height changing from scene to scene. I built interest, pace and visual breaks by including two white and neon 'sting pages' and a dark 'despair page'. The final spread shows the rock pool zoomed out – revealing to the reader the answer to Anemone's earlier questions about the ocean beyond.
I hope that readers of this book will discover that if you can empathise with this little sea-creature, you can empathise with people you encounter that may struggle socially. I also hope this book will lead to greater curiosity about coastal rock pools. It's a fascinating world of its own, and I've included some facts on the last page for curious young minds.
Anna McGregor is a creator of modern, quirky and conceptual stories with humour and heart. Since beginning her career as a graphic designer, Anna is now emerging as an award-winning picture book author/illustrator.
Anna has a deep curiosity of all things and finds her ideas by turning the mundane on its head, merging ideas or exploring wordplay — but always with a story that connects to the human experience.